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Supported Volunteering

Who we work with

The museum offers supported volunteering opportunities and therapeutic placements for people with disabilities, learning difficulties, mental health problems or recovering from illness.  Getting involved in volunteering is a great way for people to learn new things, meet new people and have fun! It can help build independence, self confidence and a sense of responsibility. And of course, it contributes to the life of the community.

What can you do?

Regular activities include working with our small animals, gardening and horticulture, wildlife conservation or general estate maintenance and repairs. We also offer activity days with an opportunity to  learn traditional skills or carry out a particular project, such as building a bug house or nest box, traditional Charcoal making or weaving a willow fence. We can also offer community learning opportunities and even the opportunity to gain qualifications such as NVQ or City and Guilds.

Support available

If you feel you would benefit from getting involved or if you are a carer or care organisation looking for opportunities for people, please get in touch. We offer a friendly, supporting and caring environment and have trained staff. We have qualified  first aiders and PTLLS qualified trainers and all our key staff have had an enhanced CRB check. Whilst our supported volunteering programme offers close supervision, for people with more severe difficulties we do encourage carers to come along and help,  as we do not have the specialist skills required.

Activities Unlimited

We are currently working in partnership with Activities Unlimited – a Suffolk County Council/SCOPE initiative under the Aiming High for Disabled Children programme, so we are particularly interested to hear from young people or their carers. Activities Unlimited was specifically created to provide a series of recreational activities for young people; it is open to 14 – 24 year olds, whatever their interests or abilities. The museum can offer opportunities for regular involvement in our programme of volunteering or just come to one of our school holiday activity days.

Join us for activities this February half term

 

Budget

There is normally a charge for supported volunteering and places need to be pre-booked. Reduced fees apply for 14- 24 year olds registered with Activities Unlimited

Bespoke programmes

We can also offer tailor made programmes  for  special needs students, schools and colleges, focussing on traditional crafts and outdoor activities. These programmes have proved very popular and successful in extending learning beyond the classroom. Please take time to read the attached Case Study.

Also, download the CS3 Flyer which details what the Museum can offer Download here

For further details on all our supported volunteering programmes, please contact Paul Palmer on 01449 612229 or email paul.palmer@eastanglianlife.org.uk

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